Consider the situations.
In one of these instances, the university and its officials immediately sprang into action, hurling condemnations. In the other, there was silence.
Sadly, they managed to get both responses wrong.
Here’s what happened in the case of the so-called “Compton Cookout”.
UC San Diego leaders and civil rights activists have condemned a student party that mocked Black History Month with a ghetto-themed "Compton Cookout."
Campus administrators said Wednesday that they were investigating whether the off-campus party, held Monday, and its Facebook invitation violated the university's code of conduct and whether its sponsors should be disciplined. Members of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity were identified as among the organizers, but the fraternity president has criticized the event and said his club did not sponsor it.
In an e-mail to students and staff, UC San Diego Chancellor Marye Anne Fox said the party showed "blatant disregard of our campus values." She said the university would hold a teach-in next Wednesday "to discuss the importance of mutual respect and civility."
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Penny Rue said the probe would examine whether the fraternity was involved and whether it should face sanctions. She said it was premature to discuss discipline for individual students but said she wanted partygoers to understand how much pain they had caused, especially to African American students.
Now let’s say it – the idea behind the party was certainly juvenile and unarguably offensive to some. Ultimately, though, it is rather absurd that an off-campus event would provoke this sort of response. After all, the entire event ultimately comes down to an exercise of free speech, despite the distasteful nature of the speech and expression in question.
Here’s the transcript and the video.
MSA member: Good evening, I just wanted to say thank you for coming to campus tonight and presenting your point of view, its always important to have to sets of, ah, views going on at the same time. Um, very useful. My name is Jumanah Imad Albahri and I’m a student here at UCSD. Ah I was reading your literature, I found that much more interesting than your talk, and I found some interesting things about the MSA, which is an organization that is very active on campus and is hosting our annual “Hitler Youth” week, you should come out to those events. Um, if you could clarify the connection between the MSA and Jihad terrorist networks, because last time I checked, we had to do our own fundraising, and we never get help from anyone. So if you could clarify the connection between UCSD’s MSA or if you don’t have such information, if you could connect other MSA’s on UC’s, because the connection wasn’t to clear in the pamphlet, just if you could clarify.
Horowitz: Okay. Will you condemn Hamas, here and now?
MSA member: I’m sorry, what?
Horowitz: Will you condemn Hamas?
MSA member: Would I condemn Hamas?
Horowitz: As a terrorist organization. Genocidal organization.
MSA member: Are you asking me to put myself on a cross?
Horowitz: So you won’t. I have actually had this experience many times. You didn’t actually read the pamphlet, because the pamphlet is chapter and verse. The main connection is that the MSA is part of the Muslim Brotherhood Network as revealed…
MSA member: I don’t think you understood what I meant by that. I meant if I say something, I am sure that I will be arrested, for reasons of homeland security. So if you could please just answer my question.
Horowitz: If you condemn Hamas, Homeland Security will arrest you?
MSA member: If I support Hamas, because your question forces me to condemn Hamas. If I support Hamas, I look really bad.
Horowitz: If you don’t condemn Hamas, obviously you support it. Case closed. I have had this experience at UC Santa Barbara, where there were 50 members of the Muslim Students Association sitting right in the rows there. And throughout my hour talk I kept asking them, will you condemn Hizbollah and Hamas. And none of them would. And then when the question period came, the president of the Muslim Students Association was the first person to ask a question. And I said, ‘Before you start, will you condemn Hizbollah?’ And he said, ‘Well, that question is too complicated for a yes or no answer.’ So I said, ‘Okay, I’ll put it to you this way. I am a Jew. The head of Hizbollah has said that he hopes that we will gather in Israel so he doesn’t have to hunt us down globally. For or Against it?
MSA member: For it.
Horowitz: Thank you for coming and showing everybody what’s here.
Got that? When asked if she supports genocide against the Jews, she indicates she is “For it.” A mere 65 years after the liberation of the Nazi death camps where 6 million Jews and so many other victims of Hitler’s barbaric Final Solution were slaughtered, we have gone from “Never Again” to “For It” on the college campuses of America.
Now this exchange took place on May 10, 2010. It is now May 13, 2010. The video and the transcript have been circulating on the internet, together with much discussion. It has also been featured on a number of radio broadcasts, and, I suspect, television broadcasts as well. And yet, I can find nothing about the University’s response on the school’s website, on the website of the campus paper, or in the San Diego media. This leads me to one conclusion – nobody in a position of power at UCSD gives a damn. Far from being a “blatant disregard of our campus values,” it appears that such genocidal anti-Semitism is respected by the administration as one of the campus values to be upheld. It appears that there is to be no teach-in about the Holocaust or anti-Semitism to promote “mutual respect and civility,” no attempt to bring about a realization of “how much pain was caused” among Jews (and other decent human beings) by Jumanah Imad Albahri’s words and the ongoing anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic activities of the Muslim Student Association with which she is associated – much less any sort of investigation or effort to impose discipline for what she said (nor should there be – the First Amendment trumps the authority of the University’s regulations in this regard).
But then again, why should I be surprised? As I noted recently, the Obama Regime isn’t interested in combating anti-Semitism on campus, so why should UCSD officials take it seriously (aside from, of course, basic human decency)? But then again, what can one expect when the Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights is named Russlynn Ali? What can one expect when our nation’s president is more interested in supporting radical Muslims than our long-time ally, Israel? Must we start seeing physical assaults and murders of Jews by Muslims on our nation’s campuses before anyone wakes up? Or have we already passed the tipping point so that if such things come to pass the powers that be on our nation’s college campuses – and the Obama Regime – adopt Jumanah Imad Albahri’s words as their own and declare themselves to be “For it”
UPDATE: May 16, 2010, 18:30 -- Well, some anonymous person decided to post a link to a blog apparently created by the genocide-supporting little cretin from UCSD. My guess is that it was her, but I won't say that for sure. It just strikes me as a part of a taqiyya campaign of dissimulation to cover her tracks.
Allow me to begin by stating that I do NOT condone murder, I do NOT condone genocide, and I do NOT condone racism under any circumstance whatsoever against Jews or anyone else. These accusations are lies that I refuse to allow David Horowitz and his allies to perpetuate in their irresponsible and hateful smear campaign against those who disagree with or differ from them.
Except, of course, that this is precisely what you did. So either you are lying or utterly inartful in communicating your thoughts -- but if that's the case, you could not have written the blog post in question.
And then there is this:
Mr. Horowitz spent an hour indiscriminately attacking liberals, students, Arabs, Muslims, and Palestinians, utilizing verbiage that completely departed from an academic tone and delved into hate speech—especially labeling groups and individuals that support Palestinian rights “terrorists.”
Let's see -- you say that Horowitz "completely departed from an academic tone and delved into hate speech." As does every single MSA group when they attack Israel's right to exist, comparing Israel to Nazi Germany. And those "groups and individuals" you reference have a nasty habit of "supporting Palestinian rights" with bullets, rockets and bombs intentionally directed against civilians. That sounds like terrorism to me, and so the label of "terrorist" is an accurate one.
Oh, and here is this laugher:
My opinion of Hamas is not as simple as condemn or condone, “for it” or “against it.”
And yet you were more than willing to forthrightly declare yourself "for it" -- provided that we take you at your word that you were indicating you were for Hamas rather than for the specific act of genocide advocated by Hamas leadership. Of course, we then have to ask ourselves how you can claim to be opposed genocide when you publicly declare your support for an organization that advocates genocide. The apologia that follows is the equivalent of saying in 1937 that one was opposed to Hitler's policies towards the Jews, but he was democratically elected and you are supportive of his economic policies, his efforts to overturn the unfair terms of the Versailles treaty and his plans to create Jew-free Lebensraum for the German people.
But regardless of whether or not you wrote the post above, I cannot help but return to my original point in the main body of this post -- your university and fellow students were more than willing to make a major issue over something so trivial as the theme of an off-campus party. Where is the outrage from the administration and student body of UCSD over words that any reasonable person can only view as being in support of the mass murder of the Jewish people? Why aren't Jew-hatred and support for genocidal terrorists at least as great a "blatant disregard of [UCSD] values" necessitating official actions to bring about discussions on "the importance of mutual respect and civility" in the UCSD community as the asinine theme of an off-campus party? Is it because UCSD has its moral priorities completely knocked askew by the reigning liberal ethos? Or is it that Jew-hatred is among the UCSD campus values?
UPDATE: May 18, 2010, 17:30 -- Columnist Jonah Goldberg notes the apparent inability of UCSD officials to respond to this on-campus bias incident.
I asked UCSD, via e-mail, whether the woman in question was censured in any way for endorsing bigotry and genocide, or if the video was somehow misleading. In response, I received boilerplate about how, in the tradition of Aristotle, UCSD treasures "discourse and debate" and how "the very foundations of every great university are set upon the rock-solid principles of freedom of thought and freedom of speech."
I wrote back, in part: "Thank you for your response. I must say I find it fairly non-responsive. Out of curiosity, if a UCSD student publicly called for the extermination of gays and blacks, would this be your only response as well?"
I then received an even less responsive primer on how student groups are funded on campus.
I guess that anti-Semitism is A-OK at UCSD according to the administration. Has the time come for the cash-strapped state of California to zero-out this festering nest of Jew-hatred and support for terrorism?